Daniel Akech

Daniel Akech

Senior Analyst, South Sudan

Crisis Group Role

As Senior Analyst for South Sudan, Daniel’s research focuses on the political economy of public authority and its relation to violence in South Sudan, aiming to provide insights into conflict prevention, mitigation and resolution in the region.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Crisis Group in 2024, Daniel worked as an independent conflict analyst based mostly in the Washington, DC area. He has studied extensively and obtained a B.A. in theology and a B.A. in mathematics from the University of San Diego in 2007, an M.A. in mathematics at the University of Colorado in 2010 and most recently, a Ph.D. in mathematics at Claremont Graduate University in 2023. Daniel has researched the nexus between conflicts and a series of other phenomena (corruption, instrumentalisation of fear, and climate shocks). 

Areas of Expertise

  • Political economy of public authority 
  • Corruption
  • Instrumentalisation of fear/hate speech/disinformation
  • Governance
  • Climate change issues


  • Dinka
  • English

Select Publications

  • The Politics of Fear in South Sudan: Generating Chaos, Creating Conflict (Zed, 2021)  

  • Climate Shocks and Pastoralist Migration in South Sudan (upcoming with Bloomsbury)

  • How the politics of fear generated chaos in South Sudan, African Affairs, Volume 117, Issue 469, October 2018, Pages 613–635

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